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Today’s Deep Space Extra

8 May 2020, 14:04 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA says a two element lunar orbiting Gateway could be launched by 2023, perhaps as part of a strategy to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024.
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Lunar Gateway on again for 2023Coalition Members in the News – Maxar, Northrop GrummanSpacepolicyonline.com (5/7): NASA is now looking at a strategy to integrate the first two elements of a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway so they can be placed around the Moon together with a single launch as part of a strategy to accelerate a return to the lunar surface with human explorers in 2024. The initial Gateway strategy envisioned a 2028 return. In March 2019, NASA was directed by the White House to advance the milestone known as Artemis 3 to 2024 in order to establish a sustainable human lunar presence by 2028. Plans for a Gateway as part of the 2024 date faded, but have returned with plans to merge a Maxar Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Northrop Grumman Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) prior to liftoff. Once in lunar orbit, Gateway could be equipped with Human Landing Systems (HLS) to shuttle astronauts to and from ...

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